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SPyware - The Web Of Trust? ( WOT)

Recently Ive been very jumpy about spyware. it seems that on99% of everywebsite I see, there's a spyware ad in a corner. Ive been wondering how much spyware I've installed without knowing.... Antispyware software is good, but it doesnt always do the whole job. Most only block a program after its already started. Ive heard about the Web Of Trust. Supposedly, its a network or people who rate the safety level of a website. Ater you install the program, a safety rating will appear next to it on google, IE or Firefox. I tried researching it, but I cant find any RELIABLE sources. I was wondering if you guys have heard about this or know of something similar. Im ver worried about spyware and would like to know of other safety precautions. Aso talk about spyware in general here.

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debsalmi9 years ago
Web of Trust (WOT) is an online community for reputation rating that lets Internet users share their knowledge of websites. The ratings are based on standards of trustworthiness, vendor reliability, privacy and child safety.

Some differences between WOT and SiteAdvisor are that WOT gets it site reputation data from two sources: users of WOT community and trusted sources such as listings of phishing sites. Reputation data is recalculated every 30 minutes, so it is fresh. Many Internet users who have used WOT and SiteAdvisor have noticed that user driven approach gives more accurate ratings than automated ones employed by SiteAdvisor. Furthermore, WOT provides reputation regarding "vendor reliability" and "child safety", where human input is crucial.

Check out Web of Trust
Thanks for the link. I have that in my "activated list" now.
Yeah, I actually have all three (McAfee, Defender, and WOT) just to make sure :-)
debsalmi9 years ago
You can search on CNET for WOT, and you'll find Web of Trust. Downloads for Firefox and IE.
LasVegas9 years ago
The easiest way to avoid Spyware/ MalWare is to get a Mac! Currently there are no Spyware or Viruses that will effect Macs. There is one (yes one) Trojan Horse that currently has only effected a few attempting to acquire porn from shady sources. It's said to be an irritating bugger but easily removed.
ll.13 LasVegas9 years ago
w00t! 'Vegas is back! xD
zachninme ll.139 years ago
Yeah, w00t!! Don't forget that little flash-drive "virus". Hardly a virus, and unaquireable from the web, but affects macs in a semi-hilarious way.
The DB Virus (as it was called) only effected Macs running System 7 and early 8.0. It has no effect any Macs less than 10 years old. The way it worked depended on the Desktop DB files of the original HFS (Hierarchal File System) format along with the early System Extension system of Pre-OS X Systems. System 8.1 introduced HFS+ (breaking the 2GB barrier) and the virus was ineffective.
ll.13 LasVegas9 years ago
I think Zach means this "virus"

zachninme ll.139 years ago
Yup, that's the one!
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